Preparing for the cold

The weather is growing colder every day, as we prepare for the winter months. Lots of harvesting and canning filling my days

Soups, jams, sauces, pickles, and jellies line the shelves in my basement, root vegetables are in the process of being stored away for eating over the long winter months, all except for the potatoes which will have to wait until I can find a way to rid of the yellow jackets nest resting in my potato rows. I experienced no less than five stings on Tuesday afternoon and the pain and swelling has only just ceased.

As of yesterday all the firewood has made its way into the house

This wood will warm us through the winter and help cook stews in cast iron pots over the kitchen fireplace.

And this yarn will keep me busy! A Michaels craft store has FINALLY opened near me and I went on a mini shopping spree the night of the “sneak peek” with the help up two 40% off coupons and one 20% off total purchase coupon. As if I didn’t have enough yarn, at least now I have the tea cakes I had been eyeing for sometime. I already finished a hat with one of the Caron Cupcakes.

Of course my favorite part of the winter is planning next years garden and talking about which animals will be making their way to our humble farm. Up next: cows and sheep!

Have a great evening folks!

Harvest

Well the bachelorette party has come and gone and I can now share with you the goodies I made,

12 house scarf book marks, no pattern.
All wrapped in gold paper and pulled from this sorting hat, which also doubles as a wedding decoration for the movie themed wedding.

On the tables for the bridal shower I made these
The vases turned out much harder than I expected, so I was very glad to get to the shower to find that they turned out beautifully!

Now I know that doesn't seem like a whole lot, but that was my secret summer project. Meanwhile old projects have now made their way to my Etsy shop

and we are now moving on to harvesting yummy foods from our garden
peas are drying for next years planting.
Don't let the one crate of zucchini fool you, we have hundreds of zucchini, many still waiting to be picked.

We've also been picking potatoes, pole beans, tomatoes, and eggplant. This week the fall garden will go in and we are all eagerly awaiting the ripening of the watermelon, cantaloupe, & pumpkins.

I've gone from working outside from sun up to sun down, to canning into the evening.

We do have 50 new short term additions to the farm

We sold all but 15 of the meat birds this year, so we decided to get one more batch in before the snow arrives. For the first time ever we are not brooding chicks inside the house, which I think we are all happy about. No mess, no smell, no dust.

Have a great day folks!

Short and sweet

I'm quiet I know, in the summer the farm is my full time job. I have little time to do anything crafty and as I have previously mentioned, any crafting I have done cannot be showed until after my best friends bachelorette party. With the exception of this hat I made last week

I can show you farming pictures however.

The turkeys are finally outside full time and I'm not sure who is more excited about it. The turkeys or myself as I now have my breezeway back!
Introducing Bacon seed, Blueberry, Bonny, and Bucket head. Delightful names I know lol.
Our newest babies, recently hatched right here on the farm on Tuesday morning. Beauty is one of three hens who have gone broody and the only one to actually hatch out eggs which I got from a friend over in Maine. The other two are out of luck however, I don't have the time to run all over for fertile eggs.

Short I know, but I wanted to check in! I am here, all is well, aside from the exhaustion of 5 am – 10 pm days. Crossing my fingers for some cooler days ahead of us.

Have a great day folks!

Non stop

The kids are now out of school and counting down the days until camp starts! They have been trying to stay busy 


Reading books in the barn


Helping move birds to the next area


And visiting Boston for the first time. 

We had a took a bus Sunday afternoon and spent the day exploring, that evening a child who claimed she could not swim without a life jacket, spent three hours in a pool after realizing, she could indeed swim without a life jacket! 

Monday we spent the day at the Boston aquarium,  before catching a bus back home. A short but packed full of fun visit!

We came home to a wonderful unexpected surprise


I thought it would be at least a year before the plants had fruit but lo and behold!


We have lots of yummy foods popping up!

I’ve been revamping my craft room, Toph put a new shelf down there for my fabric, which turned into a big purge. 


Most of this fabric has found new homes, though it’s nice to start almost from scratch.


I still have a ways to go, but I feel like it has helped me a lot. Sometimes I get in a funk and I just don’t want to craft at all, purging definitely helped and now I am crossing my fingers for a nice rainy day…an excuse to stay inside and knit or crochet or sew as much as I want.

Have a great day folks!

Colorful

Colors are showing up everywhere here on the farm

In the greenhouse 


In the garden


In the front yard


And the backyard


In the kitchen



In yarn dyeing experiments


In after school activities 


On tops of our heads


Or the bottoms. (Only once have I dyed my hair a non natural color…it was by accident…I kinda like this!)


My favorite is the colors that show up in the sky each night as the sun is setting.

Another year

Yes, I’ve reached my 33rd year of life this week, though I won’t be celebrating it until The NH sheep and wool festival, once again all I asked for was raw fiber and sheep snuggles….and secretly I am far fetching wishing for sheep of my own and a guardian livestock dog to keep the critters safe.

Last weekend we were able to get some planting done


First potatoes


Followed by some of the strawberry plants, more to be planted after the seven days of rain end.


And the indoor veggies made it out into the greenhouse.

While nothing more than planting has been going on this week, I wanted to share a few pictures I was able to capture this week.


We are expecting more babies next week, of course I will be sure to post pictures.

Have a great weekend everyone! 

And just like that

Spring has finally arrived.

Several days of 75+ weather and a rain storm has rid us of the snow..aside from a few patches here and there.

Just in time for the fruit trees and berry bushes to arrive 


Soon birds and the bunnies will be returned to their summertime homes so grass can be nibbled and dirt can be scratched, but best of all, the mini garden I have going on in my living room will all make its way to the warmth of the greenhouse.


Onions, peppers, eggplants, celery, cabbages, chives, and six different kinds of tomatoes are all ready to go. It will be nice to have a jumpstart on veggies this year for not only ourselves, but for the fine folks at the farmers market that we will soon be a vendor at.


Have a great weekend folks!